Approximate Constraint Satisfaction Requires Large LP Relaxations

Speaker: Siu On Chan , Microsoft Research New England

Date: Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Time: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Note: all times are in the Eastern Time Zone

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Location: 32-G575

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We prove super-polynomial lower bounds on the size of linear programming relaxations for approximation versions of constraint satisfaction problems. We show that for these problems, polynomial-sized linear programs are exactly as powerful as programs arising from a constant number of rounds of the Sherali-Adams hierarchy.

In particular, any polynomial-sized linear program for Max Cut has an integrality gap of 1/2 and any such linear program for Max 3-Sat has an integrality gap of 7/8.

Joint work with James Lee, Prasad Raghavendra, and David Steurer.

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Created by Ilya Razenshteyn Email at Monday, October 14, 2013 at 9:47 PM.